Hello Sakai Families,

Happy October! I hope you had a nice weekend enjoying fall weather and the fun activities it offers. My family and I were able to get lots of mostly dry hiking in, although somehow our dog was constantly muddy. I forgot how much toweling has to happen this time of year!

I want to give a huge thank you to our wonderful PTO that has stepped up and already has us off and running. Both figuratively and literally, because next week will begin our COHO RUN fundraiser. This is a one-and-done fundraiser that will go from October 12th to the 26th.

To encourage students to stay active and healthy, during the fundraiser students will be challenged with 200 minutes of active movement with a school goal of 6,000 collective minutes. This could be running, walking, dancing, biking or any other form of exercise students choose. Students will log their movement on the same form they use for Question of the Day.

Donations will support our students during this unprecedented year, whether remotely or in person. While our PTO budget is significantly reduced from a typical year, funds raised will be used for:
  • Classroom supplies needed to ensure students are not sharing materials.
  • On-line subscriptions needed to support student learning at home and at school.
  • Fun experiences that foster community, such as virtual assemblies
  • We know this is a difficult year for families. So we are waiving fees we would normally charge, such as planners and yearbooks. Donations would help offset these costs.
Look for more information to come from our PTO. Thank you for your participation!

I also wanted to share that our school district has a new District Improvement Plan. One of the focus areas is  Equity, Anti-Racism, Inclusion, Diversity and Justice. The BISD staff is all reading So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo as a community book group. At Sakai, we are dedicating time in each of our professional development meetings to having brave conversations on race and equity.

Have a wonderful week, Sakai!
From the School Counselor

Whew! It is already October and we are entering our sixth week of school.  I love this time of year, so many beautiful transitions and changes in nature to observe right outside our windows. I enjoy the crisp feeling in the air in the mornings and on my evening walk with the dog.

We have been busy during COHO Time continuing to build community, and connections in the classroom.  Students have been engaged in activities that encourage and help build relationships in the classroom.  In COHO Time this past week we learned about parts of the brain and how to recognize and name our feelings and emotions in order to tame or address them.  Students learned the hand brain developed by Dr. Dan Siegel.  Dr. Siegel developed a way of describing the brain using the hand incorporating the parts of the brain and what needs to be focused on before you “flip your lid”.  Ask your student about this. 

Students also learned the acronym THINK:

T - Take a breath, or use another strategy that works for you to pause. 
H - Hold action, don’t be impulsive or say or do something you might regret.
I - Mind's eye, using hindsight or foresight think about what might happen if you choose a certain action.
N - Name it to Tame it, recognize and name how you are feeling so you can use strategies to tame them.
K - Know what to do, because you have done the prior four steps, you are ready to make a thoughtful decision. 

I am offering Lunch Bunch on Thursdays for students who are interested in having lunch on ZOOM, socializing and meeting students from other classes, playing some games and having some fun.  If your student is interested in this, please email me.  I will make sure they get an invitation with a ZOOM address.  This is all for fun and for those students who are interested. 

Enjoy this October Calendar from Action for Happiness focusing on Optimism - something good to focus on now.  
Life is far from perfect, but there are lots of reasons for optimism.  Setting positive goals for the future gives our lives a sense of direction and purpose. And although we face many challenges there are also lots of reasons to stay hopeful. By consciously choosing our priorities we can overcome issues, make progress and focus on what really matters.
Optimistic October

Remember, the school counselor is available to students via email, phone or a check in form available on the Counselor Corner.   Parents and teachers may also request a check in with their student. Feel free to call the school counselor anytime if you have questions about Coho Time or if you would like to check in about your student.  I look forward to partnering with you to help your students have a successful school year.

Beth Hebert
Sakai School Counselor
Wednesday, October 28th, Thursday, October 29th and Friday, October 30th are Parent/Teacher conference days.   

There is no school for students on conference days.

Conferences are an important time to further that home to school, and school to home connection that is so valuable in education. It's a time for students to be recognized for their efforts, and a time for students to re-establish their goals and their dedication toward reaching those goals.  Parents and teachers work together to support the student. In so doing, parents and teachers show the caring and teamwork that is a crucial connection in a student's education.  Teachers are looking forward to conferencing with all of you.  If you have not yet heard from your student's teacher about signing up for a conference, you will soon.  When you do, please act quickly to sign up for the conference time that works best for you.  All conferences will be held virtually via zoom meetings.
The following students were recently honored for outstanding spirit: 

                  Avie Bogdan
                  Simon Bremer
                  Sarah Burrows
                  Alex Hegstad

These students received a certificate for a pizza lunch.  Thank you to That’s a Some Pizza and Westside Pizza for providing free pizza for our student incentive program.  The nominations are made in reference to Sakai’s Four R’s:  Responsible, Respectful, Reasonable, Reliable.

Would you like to check out a print book from the Sakai library?
Click here for instructions to put Sakai library print books on hold.
Place your hold by Wednesday each week and pick up your book on Friday each week during school hours.
Please be sure to check your frogrock email for a pick up notice that your book is ready to be picked up before coming to school.
Library book pick up will be a drive-by event in our south parking lot.  Due to Covid restrictions, please do not exit your vehicles and please wear a mask.  You will be given the library book for your student.
For more library information, please visit the Sakai library webpage.
What's Device Insurance?

Just as you insure your home or car to protect you from accidental damages, families  may purchase insurance for BISD's “take home devices” (Chromebooks, iPads, etc.)

This insurance is optional but highly recommended, as the cost of replacing an uninsured BISD device is approximately $428 compared to the annual insurance price of $35. The insurance policy is between the parent/guardian and the Worth Ave. Group. The deadline to purchase insurance for the 20-21 school year is 9 p.m. (PST) on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020. To access device and insurance documents, please login to Family Access and complete the Online form. 

Families who can’t afford the $35 annual insurance fee should contact their school’s front office to inquire about possible scholarship funding. A list of all school front office contact information can be found on this webpage: NOTE: BHS families should apply by using the online YES Scholarship Form.

For more information,  please reference this list of FAQs.

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